‘The Last Jedi’ opens with 2nd-best weekend ever

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is off to a death stellar start at the box office.

Disney says that the eighth installment in the space franchise has earned an estimated $45 million from last night's showings.

That's the second-highest Thursday night preview tally, behind the $57 million start for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which kicked off this modern trilogy in 2015.

"The Last Jedi" is expected to net around $200 million throughout the weekend.